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Fall 2022 Virtual Training Workshop 

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What:  A dynamic 18-hour workshop introducing the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and social justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges.

When: This course will meet over six Tuesdays

Dates: September 27, October 4,11,18 & 25, November 1

Time: All times are 5 pm to 8 pm CST except for the week of October 4. During this week participants can choose sessions from the Unconference.

Where: This will be a virtual training via Zoom.​

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Using ABCD in Cooperative Extension Community Development

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Time: Sept 20, 11:00 AM CDT

Cooperative Extension is a core part of the land grant mission of higher education dedicated to·providing research-based information to their state for over 100 years through non-formal education. 
Join a shared conversation about how asset-based community development principles and practices build on the community and economic development through two Cooperative Extensions.
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Global Gathering: How Can Youth And Young Adults Meaningfully Contribute To Building Healthy And Viable Neighborhoods And Communities?

Time: Sept 13, 5:00 PM CDT and Sept 15, 9:00 AM CDT

Description :

Youth and young adults are often untapped resources when we think about community building. Instead of being included, youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 are generally considered to be people who do not yet develop many assets to contribute and are empty vessels that need to be filled. This plays out in many negative ways for young people and especially black and brown people. Young people tend to be disproportionally stopped by police and searched and situations often escalate resulting in arrests. The over-saturation of police in schools (School Resource Officers) results in more youth being arrested for actions that should be dealt with by teachers or​ administrators. Young people have much to contribute. Their youthful energy and idealism can be put to good use in communities. Many of them already have skills and gifts in the arts, athletics, have given countless hours of community service. College students and young graduates are excited about giving back.

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ABCD Unconf​erence: Communities Leading Change

ABCD Unconference: Communities Leading Change

A unique and transformative gathering, bringing together like-minded people around large-scale conversations that matter to support the emergence of social innovation and transformation! The Unconference aims to provide energetic and transformative teaching and learning space.

Who Should Attend?

  • People involved in and/or passionate about their communities (community members, volunteers)

  • People who work in the community (professionals)

  • People who study community (students, academics)

Learn more and register for the 2022 ABCD Unconference

Faith-Rooted Training for Your Organization

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Other ABCD Events

Power to the People: Building Citizen-Driven Communities

Time: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2022
Venue:  Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Pde, Bankstown, NSW   

In 2022, The Bank of I.D.E.A.S. will partner with Community Minds to deliver our annual National Community Development Conference. The theme for the Power to the People 2022 Conference is “Diversity and Inclusion – Cultivating and Celebrating Everyone’s Role in Building Community”.
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Tamarack Institute ABCD Community of Practice

The aim of the bi-monthly Asset-Based Community Development Community of Practice (ABCD CoP) is to go deeper on ABCD practice and explore helpful tools and resources by bringing together practitioners and residents who are applyi​ng or are seeking to apply an ABCD approach to their community development work.
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Jeder Institute’s Days Starting with T: ABCD and Participatory Community Building Teaching and Learning Series

Every Tuesday we offer ABCD and community building teaches at 8am and 8pm AEST
Every Thursday we have Guest Speakers at 8am and 8pm AEST
Every Sunday we share a “what’s coming up for the week” on social media
Upcoming guests; Heather Keam, ABCD Canada; Mike Green, ABCD for Inclusion; Peter Kenyon, Bank of IDEAS 
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International Association for Community Development (IACD) Oceania Online Practitioner Catch ups

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm AEST
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Workshop Offering: Friendship as Foundation

Inspired by an article by John McKnight, ABCD Steward, Jess Wyatt, developed the foundations for a workshop rooted in ABCD principles and practices for the broader ABCD community. Friendship as Foundation - Softening the boundaries between Being and Doing in relationship with others and yourself is a month-long online transformational experience where participants will leave feeling more aligned and energetic in their mind, body, and spirit through a practice of nurturing friendship and physical movement. READ MORE
Contact Jess Wyatt for more information on cost and logistics.

ABCD and First Nations

The group meets on the last Tuesday (Monday for our US friends) of each month at 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time. The zoom calls are a place for First Nations (Indigenous) practitioners or practitioners working with First Nations communities to come together and share stories, tools and practices. 

Anyone who would like to join us can email Steward Michelle Dunscombe at

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